"Lancaster University continues to be an internationally highly ranked leader in the provision of excellent teaching and research within a beautiful campus setting. The University places great emphasis on a strong student experience and gives students access to academics who are experts in their field, whilst providing an integrative environment that is conducive to learning for a culturally and ethnically diverse student population.
Their performance in successive research assessment exercises has placed them in the top 10 universities in the UK and this is reflected in an increasing portfolio of regional, national and international research partnerships that advance core disciplinary knowledge and address key societal issues.
Lancaster University has a strong commitment to engage with the regional agenda and has a strong intent to build sustainable communities for this and future generations in the North West. Lancaster also works closely with its partners in the region to extend the range of academic provision, welcoming the students of tomorrow."
Lancaster is the 7th highest ranking research institution in the United Kingdom according to the last Research Assessment Exercise. The University has an annual income of £149 million, 2,500 staff and 20,000 students. Along with the universities of Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York, Lancaster forms the N8 Group of research universities. Lancaster was ranked 10th of 113 British universities in the 2008 Good University Guide.
Lancaster is a collegiate university, with its main functions divided between three central faculties and nine colleges. In general, the faculties perform research and provide centralised lectures to students, while the colleges are responsible for the domestic arrangements and welfare of undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and some University staff.